Dr Michael Eburn

BCom LLB (UNSW); BA(Hons) (NE); LLM (Newcastle); MPET (Deakin); PhD (Monash)
Honorary Associate Professor
ANU College of Law

Areas of expertise

  • Criminal Law And Procedure 180110
  • Tort Law 180126
  • Law Not Elsewhere Classified 180199

Research interests

The law of emergency management and the operation of the emergency services such as fire brigades, rescue  and ambulance services.

International disaster response laws and policies.  


I was born and grew up in Sydney.  I attended the University of New South Wales, graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics)/Bachelor of Laws in 1988.   After a period as an ambulance officer with NSW Ambulance, I commenced legal practice in Coonamble NSW where I continued to serve as an honorary (volunteer) ambulance officer with NSW Ambulance.  After 2 years I returned to Sydney and took up a position as a legal officer with NSW Health before going to the Bar in 1992. 

In 1994 I left full time legal practice and Sydney to take up a position at the new School of Law at the University of New England ('UNE').  During my time at UNE I taught in the areas of criminal law and procedure, torts, health law and advocacy.   I left UNE in 2010 to take up my appointment at the ANU. I was initially appointed to both the Fenner School of Environment and Society and the ANU College of Law, but from 1 July 2013 I have been full time in the ANU College of Law, but I retain my links as a visiting fellow and continue to work with colleagues in the Fenner School of fire and emergency management law and policy.

I am married with two teenage daughters.


Researcher's projects

I am currently a resarcher working on a research grant from the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre on Governance and Institutional Knowledge.  Seehttp://www.bnhcrc.com.au/research/economics-policy-and-decision-making

Current student projects

Principal supervisor, Paramedic Registration - Ruth Townsend (ANU College of Law).

Principal supervisor, The National Strategy for Disaster Resilience: Getting it right from top to bottom - Sue Hunt (ANU, Fenner School of Environment and Society).

Panel member, Disaster Insurance - Rachel Carter (La Trobe University, Faculty of Law).

Panel member, Trust in data for emergency management - David Hudson (ANU, Fenner School of Environment and Society).

Panel member, Improving flood management in a changing climate - Caroline Wenger (ANU, Fenner School of Environment and Society).


Past student projects



2013 Ellen Bradley, 'Empowering Paramedics Under Mental Health Legislation In The Australian Capital Territory'.

2012 Georgia Marjoribanks ‘Vicarious Liability for Volunteers: A Case for the Extension of the Doctrine’.

2012 Mark Dehlsen ‘Do I have a Right to be saved from a Bushfire?’

2012 Timothy Knox ‘Not Going Quietly; A study of self-defence against police officers, done to prevent unlawful arrest’.

UNE (Incomplete list)
2006 Megan Mader 'Consent for Medical Procedures; A Comparison of Legal and Medical Literature'.

2005 Ross Hodgson 'Euthanasia in New South Wales: Existing End-of-life Care Guideline Versus Legislative Reform'.

2002 Stacy Heath ‘Questioning The Doctrine Of Advocate’s Immunity

2000 Carole Buckley ‘Property Rights in Bodies and Body Parts’.

2000 Amelia Kelly ‘Child Witnesses in Sexual Assault Cases: Protecting Children in the Criminal Justice System without Prejudicing the Accused’

2000 Kristoffer Greaves ‘The duty of medical practitioners- have the courts gone too far?’

1999 Roshine Singam ‘The Criminal Liability of Children’

1999 Tamy Baker 'Questioning The Doctrine Of Advocate’s Immunity'.

1999 Clara Barlow ‘Sentencing’



Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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